Athlete of the Week Urbana High School

Name: Riley Johnson

School: Urbana High School

Grade: 11th

Age: 17

Sports: Soccer and Tennis

Claim to fame/honors: Urbana High School Student of the Week in the Springfield News-Sun, 3rd place in state for DECA, DECA ICDC Nationals qualifier, 3rd place Singles Tennis Sectionals, Singles Tennis District qualifier.

Words you live by: “When others go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama

Toughest opponent: Yellow Springs 2nd Singles. My tennis match against Yellow Springs went back and forth for 3 hours at sectionals. I ended up winning in the third set.

Biggest influence: my mom

Game-day rituals: warmup plyometric exercises, where one stretch was called “Genie” and it turned into the nickname of my friend’s girlfriend. Before every game we would joke about it.

What’s on your bedroom walls: various posters, artwork, lights, and floating shelves that I worked hard to make.

When I’m bored I like to ... spend time with friends, be active, or draw for my art business

Favorite movie: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Person who would play you in a movie: Pete Davidson

Favorite TV show: Lego Master’s

Favorite musical artist: Drake

Favorite book: Fahrenheit 451

Favorite home-cooked meal: spaghetti

Favorite restaurant: Cadillac Ranch Restaurant

Whose mind would you like to read: my friends

Place where you’d love to travel: Tahiti or Maldives

Talent you’d like to have: knowing the lyrics to every song

Favorite school subject: Art

Favorite athlete: Zlatan Ibrahimović

Favorite team: Columbus Crew

Something in the world I’d like to change: world hunger

Favorite sports moment: going to Outback Steakhouse after districts with the team and coach.

Favorite junk food: Chocolate

Best thing about your favorite sport: The room for improvement and tough competition that makes you strive to get better.

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